Patent and Technology License Agreements
|6 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2020
|Patent and Technology License Agreements [Abstract]|
|PATENT AND TECHNOLOGY LICENSE AGREEMENTS||
3. PATENT AND TECHNOLOGY LICENSE AGREEMENTS
Patent and Technology License Agreement – Mino-Lok
LMB has a patent and technology license agreement with Novel Anti-Infective Therapeutics, Inc. ("NAT") to develop and commercialize Mino-Lok® on an exclusive, worldwide sub licensable basis, as amended. LMB pays an annual maintenance fee each June until commercial sales of a product subject to the license commence. The annual fee paid in June 2019 was $90,000 (at which level it will remain for as long as it is due).
LMB will also pay annual royalties on net sales of licensed products, with royalties ranging from the mid-single digits to the low double digits or, in the event the licensed product is not subject to a valid patent claim, the royalty is reduced to mid- to lower-single digits. In limited circumstances in which the licensed product is not subject to a valid patent claim and a competitor is selling a competing product, the royalty rate is in the low single digits. After a commercial sale is obtained, LMB must pay minimum aggregate annual royalties of $100,000 in the first commercial year which is prorated for a less than 12-month period, increasing $25,000 per year to a maximum of $150,000 annually. LMB must also pay NAT up to $1,100,000 upon achieving specified regulatory and sales milestones. Finally, LMB must pay NAT a specified percentage of payments received from any sub licensees.
Unless earlier terminated by NAT, based on the failure by the Company to achieve certain development and commercial milestones or for various breaches by the Company, the license agreement remains in effect until the date that all patents licensed under the agreement have expired and all patent applications within the licensed patent rights have been cancelled, withdrawn or expressly abandoned.
Patent and Technology License Agreement – Mino-Wrap
On January 2, 2019, we entered into a patent and technology license agreement with the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System on behalf of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center ("Licensor"), whereby we in-licensed exclusive worldwide rights to the patented technology for any and all uses relating to breast implants. We intend to develop a liquefying gel-based wrap containing minocycline and rifampin for the reduction of infections associated with breast implants following breast reconstructive surgeries ("Mino-Wrap"). We are required to use commercially reasonable efforts to commercialize Mino-Wrap under several regulatory scenarios and achieve milestones associated with these regulatory options leading to an approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA").
Under the license agreement, the Company paid a nonrefundable upfront payment of $125,000, which was recorded as research and development expense during the six months ended March 31, 2019. During the six months ended March 31, 2020, we paid an annual maintenance fee of $30,000. The annual maintenance fee increases annually by $15,000 per year up to a maximum of $90,000. Annual maintenance fees cease on the first sale of product. We also must pay up to an aggregate of $2.1 million in milestone payments, contingent on the achievement of various regulatory and commercial milestones. Under the terms of the license agreement, we also must pay a royalty of mid- to upper-single digit percentages of net sales, depending on the amount of annual sales, and subject to downward adjustment to lower- to mid-single digit percentages in the event there is no valid patent for the product in the United States at the time of sale. After the first sale of product, we will owe an annual minimum royalty payment of $100,000 that will increase annually by $25,000 for the duration of the term. We will be responsible for all patent expenses incurred by Licensor for the term of the agreement although Licensor is responsible for filing, prosecution and maintenance of all patents. Unless earlier terminated by Licensor, based upon the failure by us to achieve certain development and commercial milestones or for various breaches by us, the agreement expires on the later of the expiration of the patents or January 2, 2034.
Option to License Novel Stem-Cell Therapy for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
On March 31, 2020, we entered into an option agreement with a subsidiary of Novellus, Inc. ("Novellus") whereby for the duration of the option agreement we will have the exclusive opportunity to in-license from Novellus on a worldwide basis, a novel cellular therapy for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The option exercise period runs for six months, during which period, if and when we exercise the option, we and Novellus must negotiate a mutually acceptable definitive license agreement. The option agreement contains the agreed upon financial terms for the license. Novellus also agreed to allow us access to such records as we deem necessary for our due diligence to determine whether to exercise the option. In April we paid Novellus $100,000 for the option.
Our Board Chairman Leonard Mazur, who is also our largest stockholder, is a director and significant shareholder of Novellus. As required by our Code of Ethics, the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors considered the potential conflict of interest of Mr. Mazur in the transaction with Novellus and on March 31, 2020 approved the entry into the option agreement with Novellus, as did the disinterested members of our Board of Directors.